MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A South Florida teen who was on a ventilator for days due to COVID-19 is recovering and speaking about her battle with the virus.
Paulina Velasquez, 15, first tested positive for COVID on July 11th. Days later, she needed a ventilator and was placed in a medically induced coma.READ MORE: FHP Searching For Men Accused Of Carjacking Good Samaritans
She is now in fair condition and has been weaned off oxygen support.READ MORE: US Dept. Of Health: Number Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Florida Continue To Decline
Velasquez spoke about how she first felt when she tested positive for COVID. “I was very scared because I had COVID and I didn’t know if like — I was just very scared to come here and I didn’t know I was gonna stay here for that many days,” she said.MORE NEWS: Florida Joins Fight Against Partnership Between American Airlines & JetBlue
Velasquez also said that as soon as she’s eligible to get vaccinated, she will and strongly urged all who are not vaccinated to get a shot.